Your achievements in class and outside the classroom can earn you scholarship money for educational expenses. Scholarships are “gift aid,” meaning they are a free resource you do not repay. They are awarded for any number of reasons (academic standing, leadership, specialized talents, ethnic origin, etc) and are available whether you are just beginning your ECC studies or are near graduation. Applications are required for scholarships funds. Contact the Financial Aid and Scholarships Office for more information.
Scholarship Opportunities at ECC
The two primary categories of scholarships offered at ECC include the ECC Foundation Scholarships and the District 509 Board of Trustees Scholarships. It is important to know the differences between them — including
how to qualify and how to apply.
These scholarship funds are available to in-district students only.
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ECC Foundation Scholarships
The ECC Foundation raises funds to improve lives through learning for students at ECC. Thanks to the generosity of its donors and supporters, the ECC Foundation currently offers more than 200 student scholarships each year in four primary categories:
- Academic and leadership excellence
- Career areas of study
- Overcoming obstacles
- Financial need
ECC Foundation Scholarship applications are screened for a potential match to every available foundation scholarship. This means it is possible to receive more than one, simply by applying with a single form. The key to getting an ECC Foundation Scholarship is to apply early! Each year, the first round of awards is made starting in April. All foundation scholarships require a minimum 2.0 GPA.
District 509 Board of Trustees Scholarships
Set forth by the District 509 Board of Trustees for in-district residents. These scholarships recognize superior individual achievement in these primary categories:
- Early Start Scholarship - Current high school juniors and seniors in the upper 10 percent of their classes (or one of the top three students) may use this scholarship to take ECC courses for college credit while still in high school.
- Academic Top 10 or Top 20 Percent Scholarship - A non-competitive award for high school seniors graduating in the upper 10 percent or 20 percent (using weighted ranking) of their classes.
- Leadership in Athletics Scholarship - A competitive scholarship recognizing achievement in athletics.
- Leadership in Creative Writing and Forensics Scholarship - A competitive scholarship recognizing achievement in written and oral communications.
- Leadership in Liberal Arts Scholarship - A competitive scholarship recognizing achievement in the arts and student leadership.
Scholarships Application Process
|ECC Foundation Scholarships
||District 509 Board of Trustees Scholarships
Complete the ECC Foundation Scholarship online
Download the scholarship brochure and application
Online applications are strongly preferred.
If you must apply on paper, download the scholarship brochure at right or obtain a scholarship booklet from Financial Aid & Scholarships Office, Building B, Room B156
Paper applications are required for Board of Trustees Scholarships.
Download the scholarship brochure above or obtain a scholarship booklet from Financial Aid & Scholarships Office, Building B, Room B156.
You may receive more than one scholarship from the ECC Foundation.
You may receive only one scholarship from the Board of Trustees.
The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form is required for some but not all ECC Foundation scholarships.
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The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is required for most trustee scholarships.
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Applications are accepted year-round. The first round of awards for the coming academic year begins in April.
Apply by May 1 for priority processing for fall.
Apply by November 1 for priority processing for spring.
| Important notes:
- Scholarship applications are not complete until you have submitted all required documents, including letters of recommendation.
- You may apply for both an ECC Foundation Scholarship and a District 509 Board of Trustees Scholarship.
- You may still apply for and receive other forms of financial aid even if you receive scholarships!
National Scholarship Program
Elgin Community College was selected for the National Scholarship Program and awarded four $3,000 scholarships to help low income students realize their education goals in August 2015.
ECC Tuition Waivers
- GED Tuition Waiver - Open to students who live in-district, successfully complete a GED class at ECC, and successfully pass the GED test. Students are eligible for free in-district tuition for up to three (3) credit hours of college credit. Use within one year from the date requirements are completed.
- English as a Second Language Tuition Waiver - Open to students successfully completing ESL 019, ESL 099 or the college's Intensive English program. Students are eligible for free in-district tuition for up to three (3) credit hours of college credit. Use within one year from the date requirements are completed.
- Honors Course Tuition Waiver - Open to students who earn an A or B in an honors course and maintain a 3.25 or higher cumulative grade point average. Students may use the Honors Course Tuition Waiver for their next honors class. Honors course tuition waivers are issued at the in-district tuition rate and are valid for one year from date of successful completion of honors class.
- Accelerating Opportunity Waiver - Open to students approved by the accelerating opportunity program coordinator. Students are eligible for free in-district tuition for up to three (3) credit hours of college credit for the term.
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